Dear Diary,

Most parents-especially new ones-don’t go on a trip without leaving their camera behind. With the increasing popularity of social media sites like Instagram, family photos are uploaded and shared almost every day. If your like most parents, you captures kids on camera but rarely get in front of the lens. By letting your child take charge of the camera, you can finally be in your photo albums. Plus, you can see what the world looks like from their vantage point-shots adults most likely would miss.

1. Pick a Camera

Before you take your trip, determine what type of camera you want to pack. If you have a younger child, be sure you select something that is durable and affordable. Perhaps set your price according to your child’s age. The older your child, the more money you will invest. If you don’t want to make a purchase, use your smartphone. Many models capture clear, high-resolution images.

2. Practice Snapping Shots

Get familiar with your camera before you go on a trip. Practice using the different camera settings, filters and lighting. Have your child take picture of friends, family and even pets.

Click here for more tips for your kids to take family photos.

About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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